Tipper Gore is the wife of Vice President Al Gore.
She is a well-known advocate for families, women and children and is actively
involved in issues related to mental health, education and homelessness.
As Mental Health Policy Advisor to the President,
Mrs. Gore is committed to eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness
and educating Americans about the need for quality, affordable mental health
care. In June of 1999, Mrs. Gore chaired the first ever White House Conference
on Mental Health that addressed stigma, discrimination and parity in mental
health care. In 1990, Mrs. Gore founded Tennessee Voices for Children, a
coalition to promote the development of services for children and youth with
behavioral, emotional, substance abuse, or other mental health problems. She
also served as co-chair of the Child Mental Health Interest Group, a
non-partisan group of Congressional and Administration spouses.
As Special Advisor to the Interagency Council on
the Homeless, Mrs. Gore works continuously to raise public awareness of
homeless issues and to improve the effective delivery of federal homeless
assistance resources and program coordination at the state and local level. She
has experienced great success with her efforts as co-founder and chair of
Families for the Homeless, a non-partisan partnership of families. Most
recently, she partnered with the National Alliance for the Homeless to
co-author The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America, a collection of
photography by Mrs. Gore and other prominent photographers focusing on
solutions to end the problem of homelessness.
In 1996, Mrs. Gore published, Picture This, A Visual Diary, which is a
personal photographic representation of life as wife of the Vice President.
Proceeds from this book were donated to the National Health Care for the
Homeless Council in Nashville, TN.
Since 1996, Mrs. Gore has served as Co-Chair of
"America Goes Back to School," an initiative launched by the Department of
Education to work with parents, teachers and students to help promote a better
learning environment among our nation's children.
In 1978 and 1979, as Chair of the Congressional
Wives Task Force, Mrs. Gore helped draw attention to the issue of violence in
the media and its affect upon children. She subsequently co-founded the
Parents' Music Resource Center in 1985 to promote parental and consumer
awareness of the various themes in popular entertainment that are marketed
toward children. Her first book, Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society is a
guide to parenting and the media.
Mrs. Gore received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Psychology from Boston University in 1970 and her Master's degree in Psychology
from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University in 1975. Mrs. Gore worked
as a newspaper photographer for the Nashville Tennessean until her husband was
elected to Congress in 1976.
Born Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson on August 19, 1948,
Mrs. Gore grew up in Arlington, Virginia; she was nicknamed Tipper by her
mother. In 1970, she married Al Gore. They have four children: Karenna (August
6, 1973), Kristin (June 5, 1977), Sarah (January 7, 1979) and Albert III
(October 19, 1982). On July 4, 1999, Karenna and her husband, Dr. Drew Schiff,
gave birth to their first son, Wyatt Gore Schiff. Wyatt is the Gores' first